Rouzer announces approval of Wrightsville Beach renourishment money

After months of working with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Wilmington District to address the critical storm damage reduction needs of Wrightsville Beach, NC Congressman David Rouzer yesterday announced that the funding has been approved to begin the overdue process of restoring Wrightsville Beach to protect the town and its residents. 

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This decision from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works means the USACE Wilmington District will receive the funding needed to break ground and cover the full cost of the Wrightsville Beach renourishment project. 

Commenting the latest news, Congressman Rouzer said: “Only because of a reinterpretation of the Coastal Barrier Resources Act by the Biden Administration’s Department of Interior, which resulted in delayed renourishment and increased costs, was this emergency funding needed.”  

“After months of working with the Corps to find the most expedient solution for this critical project, today’s decision will allow Wrightsville Beach to begin renourishing their shores. Doing so is imperative to the community’s physical resiliency against future storms, a healthy ecosystem, and our economic safety.”

Since coming to Congress, Congressman Rouzer has worked to ensure Southeastern North Carolina’s coastal communities, like Wrightsville Beach, are protected and have the resources they need after severe weather events.